Tuesday, December 15, 2009

All talk and no action.

Well, yesterday I had the day off and I went down to the WorkForce Center, which is the "unemployment office" and started gathering information, etc. There are a lot of things I can't do until I'm officially "out of work", but I did do a job search and put out a few more resumes.

I'm meeting with some "Dislocated Worker" folks later this week, so hopefully they'll have answers on any training I'm eligible for....I'm a little hopeful....I KNOW for a fact that my job is gone because all of the work has been sent overseas. But whether the company will admit that or not, that is another question. We'll see.

So DH has been telling me he "will be finding a job" and "he won't let me down". I know better by now, that he has good intentions, but that isn't alway enough. He told me that he was going to put major effort into searching for a job. So today, he had to bring DD to an appointment, and then he told me he was going to go look for a job.

I called him about two hours after that, to see how his "job search" went.

"Not good."

Me: Why, what happened?

DH: I got to the WorkForce Center and all the computers were taken, so I went home.

(Apparently the fact that he has his own laptop and could have went to the library eluded him, as did the possibility of going around town and putting in applications...)

I know I'm going to end up doing this all myself. But it would be so much easier if that wasn't the case.

I wish I knew someone who'd been laid off, made it through, and lived to tell the tale (with a happy ending). Nobody I currently know has ever been laid off before. I know LOTS of people I USED to work with that have been laid off, but you lose touch with them.....

Well, after this is all said and done, you will all know me and how I handled things. For me, even though I've had two jobs for years now, job hunting is about on the same level as buying a used car. You don't know what to offer, you don't know if you're being misled, you have to go and present yourself as knowing things you really don't know much about....I just hate hate hate it. And it seems, now I'm going to have to get good at it. (At least the job one).

P.S. My mother in law is giving us a water heater for a(nother) Christmas present. That'll make me feel good when she opens up the pot holders or whatever I can afford to get her for Christmas....


JennyMac said...

I dont know if I can top Anonymous' comment about a head office in Panama...LOL.

Sending positive thoughts your way and hope your situation changes in the ways you want it too...

Grace. said...

I found your "shopping for a used car" analogy to be instructive. My job is secure but I know exactly what you mean about now having to search for one, given that I recently completed the hunt for a quality, affordable used car. At least you don't have to look out for sharks! But then buying a used car is not usually an assault on one's ego, which a job search often entails. I will say that if I were in your position, I'd probably take the first income-producing opportunity that comes along rather than hold out for the perfect job. You can always leave, but nothing beats having a paycheck.